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McAuliffe ad hits Cuccinelli on abortion

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"For 30 years I've worked as an OBGYN. My job is to protect the health of women, so I'm particularly offended by Ken Cuccinelli. Cuccinelli wants to make all abortion illegal — even in cases of rape and incest, even to protect a woman's health," Norfolk-based Dr. Holly Puritz says in the ad. "I want a governor who's focused on schools and creating jobs, not someone who wants to do my job. Who is Ken Cuccinelli to interfere in the lives of women across Virginia?"

The ad is aimed at painting Cuccinelli as outside the mainstream on abortion rights and drive a wedge between him and independent female voters.

Cuccinelli's campaign fired back.

"Ken Cuccinelli has said very clearly the core focus of his race is job creation and fighting for every Virginian to have an opportunity to succeed. The only person in this race who is focused on divisive issues is Terry McAuliffe," says Cuccinelli spokeswoman Anna Nix. "With no economic plan and no grasp on critical issues, McAuliffe has nothing left except divisive attacks."

McAuliffe has led in recent polls of the race with Election Day less than two months away. He has a $5 million to $2.2 million cash advantage.

— This post was updated at 10:55 a.m.